[POLITICAL CARTOONS & CARICATURE] "A. REDFIELD" (pseud. Syd Hoff)
The Ruling Clawss (Subscription Edition)
New York: The Daily Worker, 1935. First Edition. Quarto (26cm). Pictorial paper-covered boards; illustrated endpapers; 183pp (chiefly illus). Minor sun-mottling to boards; a few pages darkened at gutter, still a tight, clean, nicely-preserved copy. Lacking the scarce jacket. Collection of satirical cartoons from Redfield's regular strip in The Daily Worker. "A. Redfield" was the pseudonym of the popular cartoonist Syd Hoff, best-known for his many children's books and for his hundreds of cartoons published in The New Yorker from the Thirties through the Sixties. Ironically, Hoff's New Yorker cartoons typically featured humorous portraits of tenement and working-class life, while his Daily Worker pieces poked fun at New York's upper crust. Perhaps because of his prolific mainstream output for juvenile readers, Hoff appears to have kept his affiliations with The Daily Worker to himself; according to Hoff's official website, even close family members did not learn of his dual identity until after his death in 2004.